Obeisance To Shri Dhunji Naterwalla

General Secretary, Mumbai Mazdoor Union

(14th April, 1942 – 3rd September, 2022)

“The world changes from year to year,
Our lives from day to day,
But the love and memory of you,
Shall never pass away..”


Shri Dhunji Naterwalla, our revered Colleague, Mentor, Friend, Philosopher and Guide left for his Heavenly Abode in the wee hours of 3rd September, 2022, after a long and valiant fight with illness. Shri Naterwalla is survived by his son – Urmaze Naterwalla, daughter-in-law – Jasmine and grand-daughter – Sanaz.

Prior to immersing himself completely in the field of trade union movement, Shri Naterwalla served with Tata Group of Companies, more particularly Swadeshi Mills Co. Ltd. Despite being in management, he always worked for betterment of the workers. Under his guidance, the bastion of Tata Group, i.e. Bombay House, was reeled under strike and closed for operations, first time ever.

Swadeshi Mills Co. Ltd. had shut down under the aftereffects of the textile industries debacle, after which Shri Naterwalla plunged into the trade union field with full energy, leading from the front for over the last two decades. He was instrumental in signing several settlements for the betterment of the workmen across Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, Goa and Gujarat. Neither natural calamities nor his own personal sickness or grief, could prevent him from attending office daily.

Shri Naterwalla, along with support of the President Ms. Chandbibi Zaidi, carried on the legacy of free trade unions movement with great zeal. He never shied away from work till he was on his feet. However, in November 2021, sickness took a toll on his body, leaving him bed ridden for the last nine months, when he lost the final battle of life to death.

His life has left an indelible mark and it shall be our responsibility to carry his legacy forward and see that his work continues to live in the memory of all whose lives he touched.

“A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.”

Let us all pray for the departed soul. Gorothman Behest Hojoji!


– In Grief:

All Office Bearer-Colleagues, entire staff and Unit Committee Members of Mumbai Mazdoor Sabha and Engineering Mazdoor Sabha, Mumbai.

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